Hi, my name is Leesa Thornthwaite and I am the owner of the Pure Yoga Wellness Studio.
After starting my career as a high school teacher I became disillusioned by the school system. I still loved the art of teaching and became an adult education trainer. I worked my way up the corporate ladder to Training Manager & eventually CEO of a Retail Training Company.
The corporate world took its toll on me and managing stress became a high priority. That’s when I first discovered Yoga!! After taking a break from the retail sector, I entered the Health & Fitness Industry in another senior management role with just as much stress and need for even more Yoga. And that was the icing on the cake … no more!! It was time to stop the merry go round and reassess values & goals. Practicing Yoga was a life saver!! … It helped me cope through a dark stage of my life and survive some challenging times.
My love for exercise & Yoga lead me to train as a fitness instructor & discover Pilates. Over the next 10 years I continued practicing Yoga & Pilates as well as completing a number of teacher training programs until it was time to go it alone. I opened the Pure Yoga Wellness Studio in February 2001 & have never looked back!!
Additional Skills & Expertise
Owning your own business & being an entrepreneur is very rewarding but no easy feat. Since opening the Wellness studio in 2001, there have been numerous challenges requiring a continual development of skills, mindset & solutions. Over this time I have added:-
- Hot Stone Yoga therapist
- Roll & Release (Roll Method) Instructor
- Yin Yoga Teacher
- Certified Personal Trainer
- Certified Health Coach
- Level 1 Irest Meditation Teacher
- Zen Thi Flow Master
- Essential Oil Advocate & Practitioner
- Qualified Crystal Practitioner
Now with over 20 years of teaching Yoga, Pilates & other Wellness modalities, there is never a day I don’t feel grateful for the journey I have travelled. I have certainly been blessed by the:-
- Wonderful teachers that have shown me the way
- Beautiful places I have travelled
- Great friendships I have made in the Wellness community
- Wonderful students I have guided & taught.